At this point most tech enthusiasts know about the Google/HTC deal where the latter sold a bunch of its talent and intellectual property to the former. And at least for a while this is going to be the most interesting fact about the troubled Taiwanese phone maker — until it starts releasing new noteworthy devices, to be exact.
invites seem to have been sent out for a November 2 launch event a couple of days ago. And from what we know, there will be at least two new devices: a mid-ranger called the U11 Life, and an upgrade over the existing U11 known as the U11 Plus.And if what we've been hearing is true, this might come sooner than most people expect —
And today, a couple of benchmark listings may give us a glimpse at the latter's specs. They show a device running the Snapdragon 835 with 4 GB of RAM, a 6-inch display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440, and a 12 MP rear and an 8 MP front camera. And the best part is that said device (code named HTC Master with a model name HTC 2Q4D1) seems to also be running Android 8.0 Oreo — though this isn't that big of a news considering its flagship specs.
And this seems to fall pretty neatly in line with what we've previously heard about the HTC U11 Plus — essentially, it's going to be the U11 but stuffed in a taller, bezel-less form factor. In fact, these specs perfectly match the ones we heard a couple of weeks back. This can be read one of two ways: either the rumors were all true, or someone faked the two listings based on said information.
Whatever the case, we'll find out soon enough — here's hoping the new devices will be enough to pull the company out of Google's shadow.